Having grown up with bikes ever since I was young, riding bikes and not having a license meant towing a motorbike trailer everywhere we went with the family. Every weekend for years this trailer would follow us around the Queensland country side providing us with a safe way for us to transport our bikes.
Unfortunately over the last few years, with registered bikes, full time jobs and not as much riding time available, the bike trailer has been left to sit outside and endure the elements. Surface rust, corrosion, frayed wiring, worn wheel bearings; it’s safe to say that this trailer has seen better days!
A few months ago, a couple of mates and I planned to do an epic adventure on the bikes that would see us drive from the Gold Coast, up to Cairns and ride on to the most northern point in Australia, Cape York. This means once again we would need to call on the help of our old trusty bike trailer, and given the length of the drive (around 20 hours or 2 days driving) and the state of the trailer, we decided it was finally time to give the old girl some love and give her a new lease on life. We rounded up the crew and made a plan of attack – this is where the fun begins!
Over the course of a couple of weeks, a couple of my mates and I spent a few spare weekends stripping, sanding, grinding, greasing and painting this beast of a project. I have tried to take photos of nearly every step along the way and have provided a step by step guide on the process we took. By no means are we mechanics or trained professionals. We are purely here to show that this job is fully achievable with a bit of determination, a few spare hours and a few tools and parts available from Supercheap Auto. Hopefully this will encourage you to build up some confidence to tackle a project of your own – there’s some major satisfaction at the end of it.
What to expect from my journey? Follow my progress and you will see the following steps:
- Strip rust and paint
- New hubs
- New wheel bearings
- New leaf springs
- New anchor points for the bikes tie downs
- New complete wiring and LED light set-up
- New jockey wheel and mount
- New tow ball coupling
- New front box
- New wheels
- New guards
- Spare wheel mount
- Jerry can mount
- Primer the trailer
- Paint the trailer
Check out our next steps in Part One to keep up to date with the Motorbike Trailer overhaul!